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  1. [IRWIN, Eyles.]

    Eastern eclogues; written during a tour through Arabia, Egypt, and other parts of Asia and Africa, in the year...

    London, for J. Dodsley, 1780.

    First edition of these travel-inspired poems by the Calcutta-born East India Company servant Eyles Irwin (1751-1817), composed during his journey from India to England in 1777, and containing several interesting references to the British presence in India.



    A treatise on world geography.

    Italy, c. 1760.

    A thorough, methodical, and highly interesting manuscript treatise on the physical, political and religious geography of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, apparently unpublished, providing an important insight into the mid-eighteenth-century western European conception of the world. The latest event...


  3. LEIGHTON, Clare.

    Woodcuts. Examples of the work of Clare Leighton. With an introduction by Hilaire Belloc.

    London, New York, Toronto, Longmans, Green and Co., 1930.

    Number 103 of a limited edition of 450 copies, signed by Leighton, and with the dust jacket. A handsome collection of engravings executed by Leighton between 1923 and 1930, mostly comprising rural and coastal subjects taken in England, Toulon, Dalmatia, Genoa, New York, and Boston, as well as illustrations...


  4. SALT, Henry.

    A Voyage to Abyssinia, and Travels into the Interior of that Country, Executed under the Orders of the British Government,...

    London: W. Bulmer and Co. for F.C. and J. Rivington, 1814.

    First edition, large-paper issue. The traveller, artist and antiquarian Salt (1780-1827) briefly worked as an artist in his native Lichfield and London, before joining Viscount Valentia on his tour of India and the Middle East in 1802 as a secretary and draughtsman. During the expedition, Salt...


  5. TEESDALE, Henry.

    ‘A New Chart of the World on Mercator’s Projection with the Tracks of the Most Celebrated and Recent Navigators’.

    London: Henry Teesdale & Co., 1845.

    A rare example in the elegant original morocco cover. The London map publisher Henry Teesdale (1776-1855) issued both atlases and maps, and was elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society shortly after its establishment in 1830. Teesdale’s ‘New Chart of the World’ was engraved for him by...


  6. ROSS, John.

    Relation du second voyage fait à la recherche d’un passage au nord-ouest, par Sir John Ross ... et de sa résidence...

    Paris, Bellizard, Barthès, Dufour et Lowell, 1835.

    First French edition (published in the same year as the English first) of Ross’s Narrative of a second voyage in search of a north-west passage, this copy with additional plates and with a presentation inscription from Ross to the French soldier, diplomat, and politician Horace Sébastiani de la Porta.


  7. HERRERA, Antonio de; LE MAIRE, Jacob et al.

    Description des Indes Occidentales, qu’on appelle aujourdhuy le nouveau monde ......

    Amsterdam, Michel Colin, 1622.

    First edition in French of Herrera’s description of Spanish conquests in the New World (first published in 1601 as an introduction to his famous Décadas), together with the first authorised publication of Jacques Le Maire’s journal of his epic voyage of 1615-16, during which he discovered Cape Horn...


  8. OSBORN, Sherard.

    The past and future of British relations in China.

    Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood & Sons, 1860.

    Presentation copy of the first edition of Osborn’s short work on British relations with China, informed by his service with the Royal Navy in China in 1840-42 and 1857-58 and partially drawing on his earlier articles for Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine and the Royal Geographical Society. Published...


  9. DICKENS, Charles.

    Great expectations ... In three volumes. Vol. I [-III]. Second edition.

    London, (C. Whiting for) Chapman and Hall, 1861.

    First edition, second impression, of one of the great Victorian novels, which was already in short supply in 1861. After Great Expectations had attracted a large readership in All the Year Round, Chapman and Hall were understandably cautious in their initial order for the novel as a traditional three-decker...


  10. BERNIER, Claude.

    Mémoires sur un rouet à filer des deux mains à la fois, inventé par M. de Bernieres, Écuyer, l’un des quatre...

    A Paris, chez Clousier, 1777.

    Scarce first edition of this treatise on Bernier’s invention of a wheel permitting its users to spin with both hands, and therefore quicker, illustrated with a handsome engraved plate depicting a workshop full of women weaving at benches fitted with his wheel. Following a preface addressed ‘aux dames’,...


  11. GREENE, Graham.

    The great Jowett.

    London, The Bodley Head, 1981.

    Signed limited edition of this play about the great Oxford scholar and reformer Benjamin Jowett (1817-93), written by Greene in 1939 for BBC radio.


  12. BARKER, Nicolas, ed.

    The Pirie Library. A Short-Title Catalogue of the Collection of Robert S Pirie.

    London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2019.

    The library of Robert S Pirie, ‘one of the finest private libraries of English literature, not just of our time but of all time’ (James Stourton), was sold at Sotheby’s New York on 2-4 December 2015. This account is based on Sotheby’s catalogue of the sale, and augmented by Mr Pirie’s acquisition...


  13. NIEBUHR, Carsten.

    Beschryving van Arabie, uit eigene waarnemingen en in ’t land zelf verzamelde narigten. Opgesteld door …...


    2 works in 3 volumes, uniformly bound in contemporary Dutch mottled calf, spines gilt in compartments, one with traces of lettering-pieces, one in second work numbered directly in gilt. others with central gilt fleurons enclosed by floral sprays, all edges speckled red; endpapers of second work replaced,...


  14. MACE, Thomas.

    Musick’s Monument; or, a Remembrancer of the best Practical Musick, both Divine, and Civil, that has ever been...

    London, Printed by T. Ratcliffe, and N. Thompson, for the Author, and are to be sold by himself, at his house in Cambridge, and by John Carr...

    First edition of ‘one of the most important and informative source-books for English seventeenth-century instrumental music which we possess’ (Grove, 5th edition). The author was a clerk of Trinity College, Cambridge, and an acknowledged master of the lute. The first part of the book concerns Church...


  15. VERHEYEN, Pierre Emmanuel.

    Requiem mass in C minor.

    [Flanders, c. 1810.]

    A very grand unpublished Requiem mass by the Flemish composer and singer Pierre Emmanuel Verheyen (1750–1819). Although not so indicated, this must be the Requiem mass dedicated to Haydn which Verheyen, a devoted follower, is known to have written following Haydn’s death in 1809 and which was first...